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Karees in Bandoeng

Town: Bandoeng
District: West Java
Region: Java
Location: Bandoeng is on West Java. The Kareës district was in the southeastern part of the city.
From 04 December 1942 to 21 December 1944 this location served as a civilian camp >>
Other name: Bunsho II Kamp 3
Internees: old men, women and children
Number of internees: 105
Information: In December 1942 the Kareës district was set up to intern women, children, and elderly men. The camp’s borders were formed by the streets Papandajanlaan, Tangkoebanprahoelaan, Windoestraat, Galoengoenglaan, Halimoenlaan, Malabarlaan-oost, Wajanglaan and Boerangranglaan. The internees were housed in older “European” houses and outbuildings, which were encircled by barbed wire and gedek. Between October and the end of December 1944 the district was cleared and the residents taken to Tjihapit and camps in Batavia, Buitenzorg and central Java.
Commendant: Wensa; dhr. Soekadi; dhr. Rachman; kpt. Suzuki Susumu; lt. Takahashi Ryoichi
Main guards: Hashimoto; Yasuda; Snirakawa
Guards: Native police personnel, heihos
Camp leaders: mw. R. Iterson-de Hartog
Literature: Liesker, H.A.M. e.a., Je denk, ken niet, maar kèn!! (Waddinxveen 1997)
Graaff, N. van de, We survived. A mother's story of Japanese captivity (St. Lucia 1989)
Doorn, I. van, Geluk is als een vogel. Roman uit de nadagen van Nederlandsch-Indië (Franeker 1981)
Vuyk, B., Kampdagboeken. Drie verhalen, dagboeken en aantekeningen (Veen 1989)

From October 1945 to 25 December 1945 this location served as a relief camp >>
Internees: men, women, and children
Number of internees: 1.200
Information: Until December 1944 the Kareës district was an internment camp for women and children. After the camp was cleared the fencing remained. In October 1945 and subsequent months, men, women and children sought refuge behind the fences from the violence being dealt out by the pemoedas. The camp was in a republican area south of the railway line. Many worked in Allied territory north of the railway line and had to pass through this republican area daily. At crossroads, there were often groups of pemoedas who abducted people several times. The kidnapped people were freed around Christmastime in exchange for imprisoned pemoedas. At the end of December the situation was so bad that the RAPWI decided to clear the camp. All of the residents were taken in about 60 Japanese trucks, each accompanied by 4 armed Japanese, to the Dick de Hoog School.
Guards: Japanese military personnel